Get An Early Start With These Dental Implant Recovery Tips

The implant recovery period for each person will not be the same. However, there are key steps that each person must take if they want to ensure a proper recovery. If you are planning to have this procedure performed, learn what these steps are:

Stock the Refrigerator

There are limitations regarding the types of foods to consume while the implant site is still healing. You don't want to get home and realize there isn't anything appropriate to eat, especially if you are on pain medications and unable to drive. Broths, ground or stewed meat, mashed potatoes and oatmeal are some of the healthy food choices one should stock up on. The consensus is to follow a diet of soft foods until the site has started to heal.

Monitor Pain Levels

Each person's pain tolerance is different, but any discomfort experienced should get better with each passing day; it should not get worse. When an individual has moderate pain on day one that intensifies over the course of their recovery, contacting a provider is important. An acceleration in the level of pain intensity experienced often mean there is an underlying problem. The concern could be an issue around the incision site or infection.

Prepare for Lifestyle Changes

It's important to adapt to lifestyle changes during recovery if smoking and alcohol consumption are regular habits. Smoking during recovery slows down the healing process and delayed healing may prevent the implant from settling correctly. Alcohol consumption is dangerous during this period if you're using narcotic pain killers to manage your discomfort. The interaction between the two can produce dangerous side effects, some of which might be life-threatening.

Clear your Schedule

Dental implant procedures are not as intense and invasive as some other surgical procedures, but they still require rest and recovery. Allow ample time for recovery with a clear schedule. Immediately following the visit, plan to spend the remainder of the day lounging around the house. Too much physical activity, too quickly, can cause excessive bleeding and delayed healing. Schedule the procedure around a time when you're able to take it easy for at least a few days.

The greater the level of preparation put into recovery, the better the outcome. Your dental provider is the best resource for understanding how to plan for recovery and what key warning signs to look for. All efforts should begin with a conversation with the provider.  

Contact a company like Smile City for more information and assistance.